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Visual Arts Librarian, Smith College, Northampton, MA

Smith College Libraries is hiring a Visual Arts Librarian to join a blended department of librarians, educational technologists, and spatial analysis specialists within Smith College Libraries, supporting academic departments and the arts community through Hillyer Art Library.

This position will facilitate the adoption of new modes of scholarship at Smith by promoting methodologies and tools of the visual arts for research, teaching, and learning, as well as engaging the arts community in learning about library services, collections, facilities, and technologies. As the librarian for Hillyer Art Library, this position will ensure that Smith faculty, students, and staff have access to a suite of robust, effective, and innovative library services and collections serving the visual arts. In addition to working with faculty and students, this position will have close collaborative relationships with the Smith College Museum of Art, Botanic Gardens, and the Imaging Center.



Collection Development and Management: 

Develop and manage collections in print, electronic, and other formats for the visual arts and other assigned areas to support current and developing curricular and research needs, in collaboration with faculty in the Department of Art and the Head of Collection Development and Management. 


Digital Scholarship: 

In collaboration with the Digital Scholarship Team, research digital scholarship technologies and methodologies in the visual arts and promote them to faculty and students; participate on project teams as an active partner in the creation of digital projects.


Hillyer Library Planning & Leadership: 

Collaborate with Discovery and Access staff on the activities and operations of the Hillyer Art Library including development and implementation of policies and procedures.


Additional Responsibilities: 

Engage in continuous professional self-development and keep current with emerging library, educational technology, and digital scholarship practices, methodologies, and technologies. Participate in the work of the Libraries through service on library-wide and Five College committees.





  • Master's in Library Science, Information Studies, and/or a Master's in Art History, Studio Art, Architecture or related field or an equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience.
  • 3 years of relevant professional library experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in visual arts research and pedagogy.


  • Strong teaching skills and commitment to user-focused service.
  • Experience collaborating with faculty in a visual arts context in developing student knowledge and experience in research practices and analyzing and using information.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to take initiative, solve problems and prioritize work effectively.
  • Demonstrated success in working flexibly, independently and collaboratively with colleagues and library users in a rapidly changing user-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Experience with developing collections in all formats.
  • Strong commitment to public service and experience in library instruction.
  • Awareness of new technologies and trends and their applications for library services and collection development


  • Undergraduate degree or work experience in a visual arts field such as art history, studio art, or architecture.
  • Reading knowledge of a foreign language.

To Apply:

For more information and a link to apply, visit Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The Libraries recognize the importance of the ACRL Diversity Standards: Cultural Competency for Academic Libraries.




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